Trump says Rosenstein assured him he is not a Mueller target

President TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE on Thursday dismissed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE's investigation into his former associates and his presidential campaign in a New York Times interview in which the president said Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinMueller to testify publicly on July 17 Trump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch MORE told him the probe does not view him as a target.

In the interview, Trump says Rosenstein has made clear to him that he is "not a subject" of Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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“He told the attorneys that I’m not a subject, I’m not a target,” Trump said.

“Rod told me I’m not a target of the investigation,” the president added, while suggesting he had not spoken with Rosenstein directly. “The lawyers ask him. They say, ‘He’s not a target of the investigation.’ ”

Trump has often derided the special counsel probe, calling it a "witch hunt" and a "hoax," frequently adding that there was "no collusion" between Russia and his presidential campaign.

In the interview, Trump also maintained that he had nothing to do with an effort to have Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJudge orders Roger Stone to file rebuttal to allegation he violated gag order Federal prosecutors allege Roger Stone violated gag order with Instagram posts House panel subpoenas Flynn, Gates MORE contact WikiLeaks on the Trump campaign's behalf, as alleged in court filings. Stone allegedly attempted to learn about troves of damaging emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE's campaign before they were released publicly.

“No, I didn’t. I never did,” Trump responded, when asked if he directed Stone to talk to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. “Never did."

Stone, who was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts including witness tampering, has maintained his innocence and has entered a not guilty plea.